Ron Paul: America Is Not the King of the World

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Neil Cavuto: There are frequent calls for America’s military to start intervening, should it? Ron Paul, the former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate, says no, be careful, be very careful. Congressman, what do you think of this?

Ron Paul: I think it would be foolish, I think what we have been doing for so many years has been very foolish. I think that they ought to try to understand what blowback is all about and what the CIA has talked about and what Michael Scheuer has demonstrated so often in his work in the CIA. It’s just way too much, it hurts us to no end. One of the points I made when I gave my last little talk on the House floor, was that one of the trends that we’re probably facing was violent anti-Americanism, and it’s engulfing the world, and I think this is what’s happening over there. We have a mess in Egypt now, and we don’t know exactly what we’re supposed to be doing in Syria, and we end up supporting the bad guys. And even Hillary had an expression for it: “How did we know the bad guys were going to get these things?” And I think what’s happening in Mali right now with these hostages spun off from us getting involved in Libya and getting rid of Gaddafi. So one thing leads to another, and I just think that all these problems that we have make my case very clear, that we should have followed the Founders’ advice of staying out of entangling alliances and staying out of the internal affairs of other nations, mind our own business and save a dollar now and then, because we’re flat out broke.

Neil Cavuto: Well, the argument you get back, as you know, Congressman, is that we’ll regret that, because we essentially give the bad guys free run. Now the argument against what they were just claiming is that, well, terrorist are not idiots, they can pack up and leave. So if things get dicey for them in Afghanistan or Pakistan, apparently they move to Mali or Algeria or what have you. But they seem to be pretty good at movement. So I guess the bigger question is, should we do anything about that, or do we just let them brazenly grow unobstructed.

Ron Paul: Well, what we have to decide is why we have the problem. If we come down on the side that it’s spontaneous and they hate Americans, there’s Al-Qaida that kill us and they don’t like our prosperity and they don’t like our freedoms, maybe we should keep chasing them. But if the problem of these threats towards us and the disruptions is because we’re involved, then the answer is to be less involved.

Neil Cavuto: But what if it’s a little bit more than that, Congressman? I know you and I had a chat about this before; what if they really do hate us, they hate everything we stand for, and they really are all about … whatever our overtures towards the Muslim community are like, that they’re all about disgruntles, they just can’t stand us, they want us dead.

Ron Paul: Well, they might ask the same question, what if we didn’t hate Muslims? I mean, we have to build up a lot of hatred for us to go 6,000 miles away and kill people with drones, and this is where the conflict is coming. We have to beat the drums of war and this hatred that we have to go over and do these things. And then, all of a sudden, we have an epidemic of suicides of American soldiers who come back feeling, “What am I doing over here shooting these drone missiles, and little kids are dying and innocent people dying”. And now more people die from suicide, our soldiers are committing suicides. So I think it’s a failed policy, it doesn’t accomplish anything, and we don’t understand it. As long as we don’t want to look … we’re either in denial or we don’t want to understand it. But the CIA actually helps us on this to explain why there is retaliation, and if we don’t accept that, this is going to get much worse. And there are predictions that right now just because they haven’t hit us here at home, doesn’t mean that they’re starting to like us anymore. I think the problem is growing, it’s going to get a lot worse as long as we think we’re the king of the world.

Neil Cavuto: Ron Paul, thank you very much, I think.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=joshfif joshfif

    ron paul IS my president

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BenSimpson Ben Simpson

    Your right about blowback, but you were in the Air Force, you understand that our goal of “full spectrum dominance” is a reality. Don’t you?

    I’m not debating on the merits of US foreign policy – just explaining the realities of it. I’m a member of Vet’s for Peace, and respect Mr. Paul greatly. I’m just pointing out that he is wrong, we are the most powerful state the world has ever seen.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BenSimpson Ben Simpson

    Your right about blowback, but you were in the Air Force, you understand that our goal of “full spectrum dominance” is a reality. Don’t you?

    I’m not debating on the merits of US foreign policy – just explaining the realities of it. I’m a member of Vet’s for Peace, and respect Mr. Paul greatly. I’m just pointing out that he is wrong, we are the most powerful state the world has ever seen.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AirForceVet61 AirForceVet61

    16 trillion in debt is not broke? birth rates in the US at lowest point in 50 years. a military that has been stretched thin and abused, hence suicide rate, we are not the only nation with nukes. we are not the kings, we are as you say the Robber Barons of old and have no business trying to police the world. our interventions do and will continue to cause blowback against America and its people.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AirForceVet61 AirForceVet61

    16 trillion in debt is not broke? birth rates in the US at lowest point in 50 years. a military that has been stretched thin and abused, hence suicide rate, we are not the only nation with nukes. we are not the kings, we are as you say the Robber Barons of old and have no business trying to police the world. our interventions do and will continue to cause blowback against America and its people.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BryanM Bryan M

    I’m getting a little fucking tired of Neil Cavuto playing devil’s advocate. The devil is in the details and that be the gov. War hawks. Stop pandering to stupid. Be like John Cafferty and take a stand Neil!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BryanM Bryan M

    I’m getting a little fucking tired of Neil Cavuto playing devil’s advocate. The devil is in the details and that be the gov. War hawks. Stop pandering to stupid. Be like John Cafferty and take a stand Neil!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BenSimpson Ben Simpson

    Actually, I do hope so. We would cause much less death, suffering and destruction around the world. But I think your underestimating the power of the US.

    BTW “BP said the US will overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer this year” -Financial Times “‘Tight oil’ boom to fuel supply, says BP” Jan 16 2013

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=BenSimpson Ben Simpson

    Actually, I do hope so. We would cause much less death, suffering and destruction around the world. But I think your underestimating the power of the US.

    BTW “BP said the US will overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer this year” -Financial Times “‘Tight oil’ boom to fuel supply, says BP” Jan 16 2013

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=viperswhip viperswhip

    You cannot negotiate for these particular hostages. This is a freaking oil company (enemy of the environment), and everybody working there chose to be there. They know Africa is a powder keg, and probably got paid more to work there. Fuck em.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=viperswhip viperswhip

    You cannot negotiate for these particular hostages. This is a freaking oil company (enemy of the environment), and everybody working there chose to be there. They know Africa is a powder keg, and probably got paid more to work there. Fuck em.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=StreifProductions StreifProductions

    I’m a veteran, conservative, father, son, husband, patriot, and tax paying AMERICAN. The Bill O’Reilly’s, Sean Hannity’s, Mark Levin’s, and Glenn Beck’s could not be more off the mark with reality. The mainstream media is dangerous. When will the rest of the world wake up? Do you think Levin will deploy to the sand box? Do you think this gargling-asshat (Neil) will stand a post? Do you think Glenn Beck has the balls to take on the “enemy”? Fuck no, they won’t. Go FIGHT if you want WAR!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=liagog liagog

    peace for humanity 2013!! ste 1, end the fed

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=liagog liagog

    peace for humanity 2013!! ste 1, end the fed

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RevolutionNewz RevolutionNewz

    Sandy Hook: NO ASSAULT RIFLE USED!

    The Conspiracy Theorists Were Right!

    This proves yet again how incompetent Obama and congress are… they don’t care about the facts… they use these shootings to forward their agenda!

    MSNBC Report: youtube.com/watch?v=ZpsgK4Wmde­­0

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=craigstewart craig stewart

    ive followed ron,for years,he must be the most rarest,honest,smart politician ive ever heard of,yet the people vote for the corrupt few,,,sooooo sad

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=deathguitrst deathguitrst

    pretty sure he said i thank….neil cavuto is one of a few who treat ron paul with respect

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SalasMax Salas Max

    We are not the fucking King of the world stay the fuck out of other country’s do not start shit there all we have to do is look out for are own if they come here then fucking kill them. our soldiers cant handle killing kids just look at how many suicides that are dead already more then that were killed in combat over sea’s last year. and that is the truth. god please do something.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MadonasX1 MadonasX1

    guy was reading from a different script to RP’s….. finished the interview confused as hell…… typical repeater…… no real opinion…… relies on a teleprompter.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MatthewMitchell Matthew Mitchell

    “I think”… think what?

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